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8:50 AM ET, October 17, 2008

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Toledo moves to shut down Joe the Plumber  —  Look on the bright side.  The media's finally starting to vet acquaintances of Barack Obama. … Also revealed: His boss's business probably doesn't bring in anywhere near $250,000 a year so he should stop dreaming about turning …
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Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Real Deal on ‘Joe the Plumber’ Reveals New Slant  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest house outside Toledo, Ohio, and thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works.  But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit …
Michelle Malkin:
Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber  —  My syndicated column today reports on Team Obama and the Obamedia's mission to tear down Joe the Plumber.  Yes, we are in the midst of a new contagion: Joe The Plumber Derangement Syndrome.  JTPDS.  —  Now, pay close attention to how the MSM rushes …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
RE: Well That Didn't Take Long  —  Getting a lot of emails along these lines:  —  I don't know why I'm e-mailing you, except that I just need to vent to someone on The Corner.  Pass this around to the others if you like — I bet I'm not the only one.  —  I really don't like McCain.
Discussion: Commentary and Wizbang
The Politico:
McCain discovers plumber no ordinary Joe  —  NEW YORK - John McCain hung his final presidential debate performance on an Ohio plumber who campaign aides never vetted.  —  A day after making Joseph Wurzelbacher famous, referencing him in the debate almost two dozen times as someone …
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog News
Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
MY FAVORITE COMMENT FROM THE DAILY KOS POST WHERE THEY GIVE OUT JOE WURZELBACHER'S HOME ADDRESS  —  I only skimmed the gazillion comments, so it's possible they're not all dimwitted fascists.  But this one grabbed me: … Note that the problem isn't posting a private citizen's personal info …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times: Joe the Plumber Has Liens!!!!  1!!  —  The Los Angeles Times reports: … I think we can all agree that this is critical information.  —  Not because it says anything about Joe the Plumber, mind you.  But it does serve a useful function: it warns any future citizen …
Discussion: Hot Air
The Huffington Post:   Joe The Plumber Makes McCain Ad, Takes More Questions Than Palin
Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Fact check: Plumber Joe's taxes
Discussion: Donklephant
Los Angeles Times:   Obama, McCain repeat themes from debate
Tom Elia / The New Editor:
How the Left Works  —  By now everyone who follows politics …
Washington Post:
Barack Obama for President  —  THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates.  There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain.  Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama, McCain bring humor to dinner  —  NEW YORK — Barack Obama and John McCain appeared together tonight at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.  The entertaining pool report from the New York Times' Jeff Zeleny is below.  —  Senator Barack Obama was preceded - actually …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Thinking About Obama  —  We've been watching Barack Obama for two years now, and in all that time there hasn't been a moment in which he has publicly lost his self-control.  This has been a period of tumult, combat, exhaustion and crisis.  And yet there hasn't been a moment when he has displayed rage …
Wall Street Journal:
A Liberal Supermajority  —  Get ready for ‘change’ we haven't seen since 1965, or 1933.  —  If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Congratulations, Obama!:  Media's Savaging of Joe the Plumber Causes Witness to Ayers-Obama Relationship to Get Cold Feet  —  The tip, and this is just a tip, but it's coming from someone reliable:  —  The problem in this story is twofold.  Without wanting to provide details, the story really needs a second source.
Discussion: Wizbang and TBogg
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Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette:
The Left's Evolution into Totalitarians Completed
Discussion: PSoTD
David Bauder / Associated Press:
McCain tries to make peace with Letterman  —  NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain told David Letterman that “I screwed up” by canceling a “Late Show” appearance three weeks ago, then faced a sharp round of questioning about Sarah Palin and his campaign tactics.  —  Not willing to risk the wrath …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP  —  NEW YORK Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Get Fiscal  —  The Dow is surging!  No, it's plunging!  No, it's surging!  No, it's ...  Nevermind.  While the manic-depressive stock market is dominating the headlines, the more important story is the grim news coming in about the real economy.  It's now clear that rescuing …
Discussion: The Agonist and TalkLeft
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Only Blogosphere Currently Reporting on Jack Murtha Cancelling His Debate  —  Hot on the heels of Congressman Jack Murtha charging the voters of western Pennsyvania as being racists who will probably hurt Barack Obama in that state comes the breaking news this evening that Murtha has cancelled …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. policies may have contributed to Iran revolution, study says  —  The shah and his third wife, Farah, before the ouster, with their children Reza, Farahnaz, Leila and Ali-Reza, from left.  They are posing in a sleigh.  —  A report based on declassified documents suggests that the Nixon …
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The Agonist
 
 
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